CHENNAI: Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa on Saturday took oath as the member of the State Assembly, representing RK Nagar Assembly constituency.
On June 30, she won the by-election to the constituency with a huge margin of 1,50,722 votes and all other 27 candidates including CPI leader C Mahendran and social activist Traffic KR Ramaswamy have forfeited their deposits.
CM Jaya takes oath inside the Speaker's Chamber on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/3XV66SUVSH— gopu mohan (@gopumohan_TNIE) July 4, 2015
Jayalalithaa arrived at the chamber of Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal at 11 a.m., and handed over the certificate of election issued by the Returning Officer of the RK Nagar constituency to him and took the oath. Senior Ministers including O Panneerselvam were present on the occasion.
In 1984, Jayalalithaa was elected as a Member of Parliament to the Rajya Sabha and retained the seat until she was elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in 1989. After the demise of AIADMK founder and former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran, Jayalalithaa contested and elected from Bodinayakkanur Assembly constituency in Theni district and became the first Woman Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
In the 1991 general elections to the State Assembly, she won both Bargur and Kangeyam constituencies. Subsequently, she resigned the Kangeyam Assembly seat. She was elected from Andipatti Assembly Constituency in February 2002 and in May 2006; In May 2011, she was elected from Srirangam Assembly Constituency in May 2011.